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They’re coming to take me away…

Well... not anymore, but it sure felt like it a few weeks ago! I'm happy to make a bigger than big announcement that may or may not put a smile on your face but certainly makes me want to do things like cartwheels and back flips, or maybe just go to Starbucks for another latte.… Continue reading They’re coming to take me away…

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My poor broken baby…

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men, couldn't put Humpty together again. It's a familiar nursery rhyme we'd all likely committed to memory before we could even walk, right? And it's also the only way I can describe exactly what my… Continue reading My poor broken baby…

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5 Courses of the Rough Draft – Are you hungry yet?

Rough Drafts can be a tricky thing. The process that one author takes will look completely opposite from that of another. Each of us have our own style, techniques, and rhythm we abide by - even if we aren't aware we stick to a routine. For a while I felt the pressure to write my manuscripts… Continue reading 5 Courses of the Rough Draft – Are you hungry yet?

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What is your writing routine?

I'm often asked how I get so much writing done when I also homeschool my three daughters. And until about a year ago, I would've said it was quite difficult, actually. For most of my life writing was a hobby, something I only did every few months when an idea hit me and I could… Continue reading What is your writing routine?

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When you’ve got a few words to cut…

My current manuscript in revision happens to be a middle-grade fantasy set in a fictional medieval world with fun things like unicorns and magic. Yay, right? Right. Except that my brain had lots of ideas. Lots and lots. And lots. And well, as I often do, I didn't exactly take a word count until after… Continue reading When you’ve got a few words to cut…

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Parties and snowflakes and books that are finished! These are a few of my favorite things!

So, I just looked and saw the date of my last post on my blog. *blush, blush* Has it really been that long? Is it any consolation that I've been using my time writing and editing? Oh yeah, and throwing birthday parties, playing in the snow and getting back into the groove of school. (Isn't… Continue reading Parties and snowflakes and books that are finished! These are a few of my favorite things!

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The benefits of stepping back…

So, it never ceases to amaze me how a little time away from my writing, can make a world of difference. Each time I step away from a manuscript, I always - always - come back with better ideas, and insight I just didn't have before. Time and again, I grow frustrated with a work,… Continue reading The benefits of stepping back…

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Story Rx: It’s all in the details…

So, I recently glanced through one of my manuscripts that I hadn't seen in a while. Partway through, I noticed that I had a child character speaking differently from the others. I honestly couldn't even remember why I had her speaking like that in the first place. A quick review from earlier in the script… Continue reading Story Rx: It’s all in the details…

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Less is More

So, I'm about to lend out 'Fallen Ashes' to some beta readers, to (hopefully) enter the final steps of revision. As I went back through my manuscript today, I realized I had cut almost 10,000 words with this last revision. The crazy thing is, I didn't take out any major scenes! In fact, I added… Continue reading Less is More

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Why I have a love/hate relationship with my writing.

So, NaNoWriMo is officially over and I'm happy to say that it was a great encouragement to get me moving on editing my upcoming novel. Yes, I know the idea was to write a new manuscript, but I've already got a pile of those sitting around 😉 The book I worked on editing was actually… Continue reading Why I have a love/hate relationship with my writing.